Ken Boudreau is ESPN’s senior director of media technologies and engineering. He also helps preserve valuable items from ESPN’s and ABC Sports’ history. Here, Ken provides a guided tour of some of the artifacts.
1. Original SportsCenter set panels
Two of the original three panels located opposite the SportsCenter desk when the show launched in 1979.
2. Original 2-Inch tape from first SportsCenter on Sept. 7, 1979
3. ESPN blueprints
Upper left: Artist rendering of a past NFL set.
Upper right and lower left: Preliminary drawing of ESPN’s second building. Plans included an expanded tape library and a racquetball court.
Lower right: Land survey of ESPN property from the early 1980’s.
4. ESPN/ABC signage through the years
5. Schwem lens
Equipped with a gyroscope, this lens was used for ESPN’s coverage of the America’s Cup in Newport, R.I., circa 1980.
6. Tape catalog
This card catalog (inset) was once the filing system used to organize tapes by sport and year. The tape library has now expanded to a 62,000-square foot facility that holds more than 2,000,000 film and tape assets – and is now cataloged digitally!
7. ESPN time capsule
Created in 1994 and opened in 2004, the time capsule includes Michael Jordan’s UNC jersey, a signed cowboy hat from NASCAR driver Richard Petty and boxing gloves from heavyweight Ray Mercer.
8. ABC Sports’ Jim McKay’s blazer
Worn during the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.
9. Ikegami HL-79 used by news and mobile units
10. Microphone flags through the years
11. Vintage ESPN apparel
12. Retired recording equipment
David Scott and Liz Carpino contributed to this post